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I have Tom Thumb’s saber!

When I was about 11-years-old my mother and I were cleaning out a small outbuilding we all called The Pack House. This was a single-car ...

May 01, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


Mill Street Music Festival brings Drivin N Cryin

After missing last week, and writing an article on Drew Parker's new single "Slow Down Small Town", it's good to be back with ...

April 28, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Our imagination can help us sense the world in a different way. We all need those special places where we can see more than the ...

April 24, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Club responds to needs shared by missionaries

The Covington Women's Club recently hosted missionaries from Costa Rica, who spoke about their work in the Central American country.

April 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Behind the musical: Shrek

The students of the Arts Association of Newton County were busy this weekend, performing Shrek the Musical in front of the crowds at Newton High ...

April 19, 2016 | Lily Mayfield | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

The family and home should be at the very core of any young life. When these turn against the child or youth, where does one ...

April 17, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Happy April; time to get growing

It's time to break some ground and get growing. Maybe it's time to break out of that rut of growing four tomato plants ...

April 17, 2016 | Cory Mosser | LIVING


Local musician Drew Parker releases new single

Former Alcovy High School student and candidate of TVs The Voice released his new single "Slow Down Small Town" Friday, and the local country musician ...

April 16, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Brooke Serrano at Sycamore; Taylor Marie at Mystic Grill

Wow, can you believe we're in the middle of April, already? Everything is getting green, the weather sure has been nice, and the music ...

April 14, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Telling it like it is: A tribute to Aunt Kat

I'm dedicating this column to one of the sweetest ladies God put on this earth, my Aunt Kat. I promised not to spill all ...

April 10, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


Harris headed to State 4-H Congress

You might have spotted Lavendar Harris at Leapin' Lizards pet store, where she volunteers.

April 10, 2016 | Terri Kimble-Fullerton | LIVING


Have You Ever Thought …

The website, "Only in Your State," recently released a list of the top 10 restaurants in Georgia. And you don't have to leave Covington ...

April 10, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Shrek The Musical comes to Newton

The story of Shrek, a beloved Ogre who falls for a princess, first brought to the big screen by Dreamworks, comes to life at Newton ...

April 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LIVING


The simplest things can bring great pleasure

Now there are two. That is the number of geese left on the pond outside our back deck on the Ashton Hills Golf Course. There ...

April 03, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Why grown-ups are grumpy

And why I am a children's entertainer.

April 03, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


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Creative Movement classes offer children exercise, social skills

Children 18 months through 3 years can learn dance and social skills through a Creative Movement dance class, offered by Rythmn Elements, 2124 Main St, Porterdale, on Saturday mornings at 9:30 through 10 a.m. The class uses props to explore movement, strengthen coordination, flexibility and rhythm while encouraging self-esteem and imagination.

September 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


What is Labor Day all about?

Throughout our nation, the first Monday of September is a holiday. The banks are closed, as well as government agencies. School is out, and the mail is not delivered. The only exception to the holiday is in the retail industry. There are many special Labor Day sales to encourage business.

September 06, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Of the power that is in imagination?

Behind the Newton County Health Department and near the Covington Branch of the Newton County Library, you will find a very different place, Chimney Park. This 12 acre site is a place for people of all ages to reconnect with nature.

August 30, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Newton resident publishes first book

Ellen Kelly Gordon, a daughter of the late Deacon Nelson Kelly and Mrs. Jeanie Kelly and a Newton County 1978 graduate, has published her first book entitled "God and Choice and Life or Death". The book is profound narrative that expounds upon the choices that God has given to all mankind.

August 23, 2015 | | LIVING


Have you ever thought?

Every nine seconds a woman is assaulted in our nation. One out of three women will be abused in their life time. In addition many children live in abusive situations. Have you ever thought how you might make a difference? Have you ever thought how you could help those that need a helping hand?

August 23, 2015 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Who in their right mind?

I love the Southern question that begins, "Who In Their Right Mind..." It's such a well-known phrase that we don't even have to finish it into a full sentence. Just saying, "Who In Their Right Mind?" is enough to tell the listener that someone - somewhere - has done something really, really stupid. Who in their right mind? Doesn't that bring back memories? "Who in their right mind would paint their house Pepto Bismol pink?" I heard that one as a kid, and it's haunted me ever since. I hate to think that someone might drive by my ...

August 23, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING


Of how powerful words can be?

Whoever said, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" was wrong. Words are powerful.

August 16, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Pine Valley Mission closes

The Pine Valley Mission closed its doors on Sunday, July 26 after serving the community for nearly 25 years.

August 15, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


Have you ever thought?

What of the past do we keep? Why is it important for us to remember what events happened before our time? We are much like the turtle found on top of the fence post; we know one thing for sure: that turtle didn't get there by himself. Yesterday is the one day we cannot change. Whatever our history is, it is our history. And by remembering our past we learn valuable lessons as well as appreciation for those who sacrificed for us.

August 09, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


A look at what's filming

The film community in the metro Atlanta area has been busy this summer. Not only have production teams for "The Originals," "The Vampire Diaries," "The Walking Dead," and other series been shooting scenes for the upcoming fall season, the recently relocated "Sleepy Hollow" production team and cast have been shooting scenes in and around Conyers and Rockdale County.

August 09, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LIVING


Tips for creating the perfect butterfly oasis

As summer nears its end, gardeners longing to fill their flowerbeds with the flutter of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds must quickly design a space for the preferred plants of the insects and birds.

August 09, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | LIVING


Weekend events

Steve Harvey has brought the Ford Neighborhood Awards to the Georgia World Congress Center, 1 Georgia Dome Drive Northwest, to celebrate neighborhoods and neighbors. The four-day event opened on Aug. 6, and will end on Sunday, Aug. 9, and showcases the best of neighborhoods-best barber shop, best church choir, best car wash-and celebrating regular folks. Celebrity performers include Ne-Yo, Robic Thicke, Salt-n-Pepa and Doug E. Fresh. Other events will include the taping of Harvey's "Family Feud" live, his morning show and the awards show at Philips Area. Other offerings include a table classics game room, a singing ...

August 07, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LIVING


Where did that name come from?

Have you ever thought, "How did that town or river or county get that name?" Have you ever noticed that once a name is used many times it just seems to fit? That is true with people as well as places. Being new to the Covington area, I have questioned where some the names of our cities and counties have originated.

August 02, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Changes and more changes

The past few weeks have brought changes that were unimaginable just a decade ago, but before you start wondering if this is yet another column about the Confederate flag or same-sex marriage, let me stop you right there. Sure, those are big changes, and I was just as surprised by them as you were, but this column is about change on a more personal level. This is a story about changes that I'm going through. You see, I'm already married, so all this gay marriage stuff doesn't affect me except as an observer of U.S. law ...

August 02, 2015 | | LIVING


Pilot Club donates to food bank

Pilot Club of Covington recently made a donation to the Community Food Bank Pantry serving citizens of Newton County, presenting Rev. Billy Wade with a check of $700.

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


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